Wayne State College

School Administration (MSE) Admission Criteria

Requirements for Admission

Before completing the steps below to apply, you must first meet the following admission criteria:

  • Possess a valid teaching certificate
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.75 or above in the undergraduate degree - OR - graduate transfer credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Step 1: Apply to Graduate Study at WSC

Step 2: Submit Official Transcripts

Request official transcript(s) for all college coursework be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787

Your official transcript(s) must be original copies with the official seal of the institution and the degree statement. Transcripts must be sent directly to Wayne State College. Transcripts that are not received directly from the institution will not be accepted (they cannot pass through student hands).  If you received your undergraduate degree from Wayne State, you do not have to request transcripts.

Step 3: Submit Reference Forms/Letters

Three reference forms or letters to your advisor need to be submitted on your behalf. Please inform your advisor of three people who have observed and can comment on your effectiveness in professional work and who have agreed to complete the reference form.  Eligible references are school administrators and current or previous employers. Your advisor will contact your references directly about the reference form.

Step 4: Submit an Essay

This requirement will be completed in your EDU 657 School Organization and Community Relations course. You will submit an essay to your advisor on "Why I Am Interested in Becoming a School Administrator." The essay will be graded by faculty and is intended to serve in lieu of a qualifying examination. 
Your essay should discuss:

  • A description of your background
  • How your interest in school administration has evolved
  • What leadership experiences you've had to this point in your career
  • What personal characteristics and professional skills do you possess that will contribute to your potential for becoming an effective educational leader
  • How you plan to prepare yourself for a role in educational leadership (other than through your graduate program of study)